Chronic mental illness requires policy changes

Read this article, just out on the USA Today website for some insight into why the nation's mental health policy is broken.As we have seen, such concerns are not solely health related but security related as well. Sadly, "pro-family" organizations opposed efforts, eventually successful, to require health insurance coverage to include rational benefits for mental health care. We need to do much more to secure a safe and reasonable national policy. … [Read more...]

Some folks just shouldn't have guns

This Reuters' analysis raises some excellent policy questions regarding gun posession and schizophrenia.There are complications of course in the implementation of any policy, but I would like to see public policy reflect public safety over individual rights to own a firearm. Passage of that bill to strengthen the background check system was prompted when a deranged gunman killed himself and 32 others in April 2007 at Virginia Tech University -- the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. … [Read more...]

Fallout from the Arizona shooting

Most people commenting on the Arizona shooting are speculating about motive, the role of public discourse on the shooter, and the shooter's mental health.  I confess my bias from the start - from what I have read, the shooter Jared Loughner sounds like he is paranoid schizophrenic. Of course, I am not engaging in a formal diagnosis since I have no direct data. However, the signs are certainly suggestive.What is bound to happen for some time to come is the blaming of the event on ideology. T … [Read more...]

North Jersey magazine says “Don’t blame mom”

I am quoted often in this article by Kathryn Davis on parenting, primarily mothering and various adult outcomes, including homosexuality and eating disorders. Her initial focus is autism:In his book, Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays, author O. Ivar Lovaas notes, "The number of proposed causes was limitless because professionals found it easy to be inventive, considering their ignorance of the etiology of behavioral delays. These delays already tend to be amplified by the parents’ … [Read more...]

New study: Switching meds can help teens with depression

AOL Health quoted me today on a new study which provides evidence for aggressive treatment of teen depression. The study supports the practice I found effective when I worked with teens and young adults on a regular basis.Some might argue that the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) need more time. However, practically, people don't stay compliant with recommendations when there is little to no improvement. There are so many options from which to choose, it seems reasonable to … [Read more...]

Sexual Identity Therapy Framework resources

Peter LaBarbera today reprints Laurie Higgins critique of an article by Mark Yarhouse regarding the application of our sexual identity therapy framework (SITF). I am aware he does not mean to promote the framework but his articles have increased my emails about the framework and requests for referrals to therapists who practice in that manner. I refer them to the registry of practitioners who claim to use the SITF at the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity. However, a quick look will c … [Read more...]

Exodus International rejects statement from Uganda’s social workers

This just out in a press release from Exodus:Exodus International Responds to Ugandan Social Worker Association's Endorsement of Country's Anti-Homosexuality BillORLANDO, FL - Last week, the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) issued an endorsement of the African nation's controversial anti-homosexuality bill, arguing "there is justification for Uganda to put in place appropriate legislation to comprehensively prohibit homosexuality." The organization did recommend … [Read more...]

Uganda social work association calls for prohibition on homosexuality

The President of the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU), Charles Tuhaise, sent this statement from their organization this morning. Mr. Tuhaise is also a researcher for Uganda's Parliamentary Research Service. I referred to him in this prior post on the purpose of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. In contrast to Martin Ssempa's distortions of the bill, Mr. Tuhaise is clear that the bill intends to prohibit homosexuality, saying…you have read the Bill and know that its object i … [Read more...]


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